The Washington Redskins have named four players as their captains for the 2017 season. Quarterback Kirk Cousins, left tackle Trent Williams, safety D.J. Swearinger, and tight end Niles Paul were voted as captains by their teammates.
Cousins and Williams are the offensive captains. For Cousins, it’s the second consecutive season as a captain. Cousins is coming off a career season with 4,917 yards passing — a franchise record. He will look to lead the Redskins back to the playoffs and to their third consecutive winning season.
For Williams, it’s his seventh straight season being voted as a captain. The cornerstone of the Redskins, Williams has become a leader of the offensive line and one that players look up to.
Paul was named the special teams captain. The versatile player has shown his ability to play football at any position asked. He played wide receiver in college but was converted into a tight end with the Redskins. With his ability to block, he is used as the fullback in I-formations. In addition to those two positions he has been a staple on special teams when healthy.
The newcomer to the captaincy is Swearinger. Playing in his first season with the Redskins, it’s not hard to see why he would be voted as a captain. From early on during team activities, he showed a different level of experience and leadership for the secondary and the entire defense. He is described as bringing a different attitude that is much needed in improving the defense from its recent struggles.